The P&Z, by majority vote, recommended Feb. 7 that the board of aldermen disapprove a rezoning application submitted by Magruder Limestone Company for 370 acres of vacant land on the east side of Highway 54 northeast of the highway's interchange with Bus. Rt. 54 near Rick's C Store.

The Lake Ozark Planning and Zoning Commission does not support a zoning change request that would allow operation of a quarry near the city's north city limits.

The P&Z, by majority vote, recommended Feb. 7 that the board of aldermen disapprove a rezoning application submitted by Magruder Limestone Company for 370 acres of vacant land on the east side of Highway 54 northeast of the highway's interchange with Bus. Rt. 54 near Rick's C Store. The property is currently zoned C-2 general commercial and R-1 residential. Magruder is asking to change the zoning to M-1 light industrial in order to apply for a special use permit to operate a quarry on the property. Quarry operations are prohibited in C-2 and R-1 zoned districts.

Magruder currently has a contingency contract on purchase of the land.

Despite the P&Z's recommendation, Magruder officials have asked that the board of aldermen withhold any action on the zoning application to give the company time to prepare a response to the P&Z Commission's concerns. The rezoning request is tentatively scheduled for the Feb. 27 regular board meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

Clark Bollinger, a Magruder representative, made a presentation to the P&Z about the company's current operations and answered several questions from the commission. He offered a map that showed the location of the proposed quarry in relation to Osage National Golf Resort residential properties. The closest residence is more than a mile from the quarry area.

Bollinger told the commission that allowing the property to be quarried and cleared could make way for future development of the property. Magruder would more than likely also bid to supply rock for a proposed MoDOT interchange near the quarry, as well as local commercial and residential development projects.

Commissioners expressed a few concerns about the proposed operation. These include:

•Access to the property. According to documents prepared by Tim Haden, deputy community development director, Osage Hills Road -- currently an access to Osage National -- would also be the access to the quarry operations.

•Truck traffic could affect public traffic to Osage National.

•Potential negative impact on the MoDOT interchange project which would be a few hundred feet southwest of the proposed quarry operations.

•Potential negative environmental impact from noise and dust produced by the quarry.

There was no public opposition during the Feb. 7 hearing.

Magruder Limestone Company has been the subject of a similar request on 30 acres of Camden County land near the city of Sunrise Beach where city officials and many residents have opposed expansion of the quarry there. The county P&Z has recommended approval of Magruder's request, which now goes before the Camden County Commissioners.